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The Time to Start is Now

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Students Don't Ask for PD. http://pic.twitter.com/ltnDMfnoN2 

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Answer Cell Phone in Class?

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This April Fool's prank will make you think twice about your policy on how to deal with phones that go off during class...this really is funny but I can't even imagine how nervous that professor was.

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Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement

Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"OK…so let me clarify that title. I honestly think textbooks are on their way out…or at least I hope they are. Really it should read “Flipboard as core curation artifact for classrooms” but that wouldn’t have you here reading now would it. "


Via John Evans, Dean Haakenson
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Let's change the title of this article a little and I'm all on board.  "Scoop.it as a textbook replacement."  I nice the ring to it...maybe I'll write that article. 

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carldowse's curator insight, April 3, 2014 6:58 AM

With its magazine function Flipboard is an attractive cross platform means of curating and delivering content fro teaching purposes.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, July 8, 2014 1:13 AM

Student created books generated from high quality collaborative curation strategies seems a very valid entry point to active learning.

Julie Bilz's curator insight, July 10, 2014 9:35 AM

I am ready for a world without textbooks in both K-12 and higher ed.  Bring it on!!

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The School That Will Get You a Job

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A new kind of education shows why four years of high school isn’t enough
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STEM education is becoming increasingly important for our students and the future of our national economy. 

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Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters.

Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The fate of Carole Vance and Kim Hopper should worry everyone who wants academics to play a larger role in public debates.
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Engaging in public debate and enjoying 'the life of the mind' does not describe modern academia.

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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -

Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? - | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Thinking is troublesome.  For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It is done right here, but it spans moments in the pasts and reaches out uncertainly towards moments in the future. Put another way, you think in a singular, precise space about plural, imprecise times.

It also resists uniformity (and education loves uniformity). Thought hinges on schema (familiar forms and patterns we then impose unfamiliar data to make sense of it), and emotion (in part, our internal response to the former). It is as diverse as character, experience, and affection. It’s like defining art, establishing criteria for beauty, or causing love.  And whether it knows it or not, education has a thinking problem."

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What is your primary goal as a teacher?  Do you teach social studies or do you teach students?  While this may feel like we are splitting hairs, the distinction is an important one that is at the at the heart of your own pedagogical approach.  This is some nice food for thought on the topic to reflect on how and why you teach. 

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Which Social Media Should You Post That Thing You Want to Share On?

Which Social Media Should You Post That Thing You Want to Share On? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Where should you post that joke you came up with?
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The real answer to many of these questions is to post it on scoop.it!

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:20 AM

Not all post are good for any platform. Here is a guide. I don't see Pearltrees or Scoop.it which are two curating sights I use often. I don't see curating listed at all so or LiveBinders or Linkedin...The list is pretty good but far from complete.

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College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A new study shows that high school grades are a better predictor of how students will do in college.
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No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors

No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
How to give B.A.'s in arts and humanities more career options without abandoning the life of the mind.


Too many career-services offices seem to still see the primary objective of arts and humanities majors as graduate school, and do not give enough thought to their other options. Those offices focus their energies on students with degrees that are more easily marketed to potential employers. Professors want to help, of course, but most do not have recent experience outside of academe, and, just as important, they generally do not have nonacademic networks that can help undergraduates get job interviews. Some faculty members have experiences or political convictions that cause them to talk about the "corporate world" in negative terms.

And, of course, many arts and humanities departments rate their success on the basis of graduate-school placements, not on their ability to help B.A. students find good positions immediately after graduation. We celebrate the graduates who seem most like ourselves—the ones who set out to become academics—and we don't talk much about what happens to those graduates after they've earned their Ph.D.'s. Without that conversation, we ill serve many of our students, and we undercut the impact that our fields could have beyond academe.

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Awkward Attempts w/Technology

Sponsored by Leadercast.com Created by Tripp and Tyler Produced by Green Tricycle Studios Cast: Tripp Crosby Beth PIlgreen Tyler Stanton Jon Raffa Paul Ryden...
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In attempting to bring new technologies into the classroom, there are often some technical glitches that trip us up from time to time.  This humorous look at a conference call is a nice reminder the try to rehearse things beforehand so that the technology doesn't get in the way of learning. 

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30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax

30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Those of us who came of age in the Internet era may not know that they owe their ability to go online to a court decision 30 years ago today about a mechanically intricate analog tape recorder.


The Supreme Court held by a vote of five to four that it is legal to sell a video recorder to a consumer.  In his opinion for the majority Justice John Paul Stevens built twin foundations on which today’s consumer rights now rest. First, personal home recording and storage of an entire copyrighted work can be a lawful “fair use” of the work. Second, selling a product that has substantial non-infringing uses is lawful, even though it is commonly used to infringe. To rule otherwise, the court majority said, would be to enlarge the rights granted to copyright owners, so as to allow anyone whose work might be copied to effectively to control the right of technical innovators to market their own inventions. This, the court said, would “block the wheels of commerce.”

Without these twin protections for consumers and innovators, we could not today buy most consumer digital products or log on to most online services that search for, store, and respond to copyrighted information. All online services, as well as digital devices like DVRs, smartphones, and tablets, must routinely store and display copyrighted information and programming based on consumer searches and requests. Most do not or cannot require advance permission. The Internet itself would have remained a closed circuit primarily for government, educational, and industrial use. There would be no social networks.

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News report from 1981 about the Internet

A news report from 1981 about the Internet and receiving an entire newspaper through the phone line.
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Sometimes to appreciate the technology we have, we need to take a step back and see what the past thought about their future.  Educational technologies have come a long way baby!

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D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:18 AM

It appears that this thing called the "Internet" held all kinds of promise when I graduated high school. Simply dialing your rotary phone connected you to at least 6 newspapers in America where you could download text of their stories...in just 2 hours! Imagine the possibilities!

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The Quick and the Ed » The New First Grade: Kindergarten

The Quick and the Ed » The New First Grade: Kindergarten | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 24, 2013 10:17 AM

Children are not entering their parent's kindergarten classroom today. Indeed there are vast differences in what constitutes "basic entry skills".  This all points to the importance of children from every socio-economic group having completed strong academically grounded preschool programs before they hit the primary school doors... 

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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.
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The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf

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Authorities believe that Pia Farrenkopf died in 2009. She kept paying her bills until last year.
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You’re Not As Busy As You Say You Are

You’re Not As Busy As You Say You Are | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Are you too busy? You should be, and you should let people know in a proud but exasperated tone."  


All day, I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t that busy. The way I did this was by silently repeating, “You’re not that busy.” Doing this did actually stop the tape in my head of what had to get done that day. I just calmly did one thing after another. I believe that means I was being mindful, or maybe living in the moment or being present but I’m not sure. And I am not going to check because if I give it a name, then it will be just one more thing you feel obligated to do. Instead just take one thing off your to-do list, which is telling everyone how busy you are.

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People don't need to hear how busy we are; we need to rethink our own lives and see how we are part of the problem. 

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else."

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François Arnal's curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:04 AM

Dire qu'il a toujours été de cette façon, ne compte pas comme une justification légitime pour expliquer pourquoi il devrait le rester. Enseignants et administrateurs du monde entier font des choses étonnantes, mais quelques-unes des choses que nous faisons toujours, en dépit de toutes les nouvelles solutions, de la recherche et des idées là-bas sont, pour le moins qu'on puisse dire, incroyable.

"Je ne dis pas que nous devrions tout simplement améliorer le système actuel ... nous devrions changer en autre chose".


  l'auteur islandais (Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson) a compilé une liste de 14 choses qui sont obsolètes dans les écoles du 21ème siècle et il espère que cela inspirera des discussions animées sur l'avenir de l'éducation.

Des propositions intéressantes sur les usages numériques ou les pratiques pédagogiques obsolètes.

Nicole Gévaudan's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:11 AM

Bien vu !

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Teachers Read Tweets About Themselves Made by Students

"Some of the los al high teachers read some tweets made about them. This is a featured segment on Griffin News 2014, a school broadcast at Los Alamitos High." 

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This is very reminiscent of Jimmy Kimmel's sketch Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. This is a fun and embarrassing way to remind students (and teachers) to think before they tweet.  If you wouldn't say it with a grown up in the room, you probably shouldn't broadcast the message online where it will be digitally archived.  

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Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes

Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
In an attempt to add depth to the curriculum in America’s most popular advanced high-school courses, some local teachers threw out most of their lectures and replaced them with a series of projects. Results so far are encouraging.
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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"In some of the schools and districts I work with now, it’s really pretty depressing how many teachers just want to be told what to do. It’s not that they don’t care–it’s just a human defense mechanism kicking in. An insecurity of their own that’s tired of reaching and having their hand slapped, so they don’t.

They’ve learned to do what they’re told–they start with “district expectations” and work backwards from there. We toss around fun phrases like “team-player” to normalize this hurtful fascination education has with alignment and standardization. But by the time teachers turn policy and expectation and standards and curriculum maps into units, lessons and activities that actually reach the students, the zest for teaching and learning is barely recognizable.

And both approaches are wrong. Me for trying to fit it all in, and those that refuse to try and resign to being a mirror for “district policy” and “state-led initiatives.”

I do realize that, on paper, there’s no reason a teacher can’t do what they’re told and be amazing, but think for a moment about the best teachers you know. Do they do what they’re told, or do they simply do what needs to be done and navigate any fallout better than everyone else?"

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Tony Hall's curator insight, February 20, 2014 1:28 AM

This is interesting and probably true for more than a few teachers. Although I don't agree with the idea of the "hurtful fascination education has with alignment and standardisation". I suspect that the fascination with alignment and standardisation is actually driven by government accounts and economists.

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We Are Just Not Here Anymore

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Can we learn to reconnect without using our digital devices?


At weddings, guests tweet real-time of the festivities to friends far away. At sporting events, fans follow scores of games in other cities. In classrooms, students text with friends in other classes and parents out in the world. At funerals, mourners to pals in other places.

Everyone, it seems, is interacting more with people who are elsewhere — and less with the people around them. As technology seeps through society, dampening every dry aspect of our lives, something is happening to: the idea of being present; the desire to be in the moment; the notion of living right here and right now.

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Did You Know 3.0

The New 2012 HD version on the progression of information technology researched by Karl Fisch, and modified by me! Globalization & The Information Age.
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The world is changing rapidly and educators are need to prepare student for jobs that don't even exist yet by fostering transferable skills. 

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Mrs. B's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:19 AM

If you haven't seen this classic, don't wait one more minute! Creates a paradigm shift!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 7:55 PM

Did you Know? Shift Happens, and it is happening at an exponential rate. Half of this 2012 version maybe obsolete. Time, and technology, does not stand still.

D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 9:50 AM

It has been interesting to watch the "Did You Know" videos updated over the years. The first was profound for me as a teacher and I continued to use the updated versions for years.

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What Students Remember Most About Teachers

What Students Remember Most About Teachers | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
at the end of the day, most students won't remember what amazing lesson plans you've created. They won't remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows.
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What 5 Tech Experts Expect in 2014

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Some hot topics, they predict, are likely to emerge at the intersection of education and technology.


Education technology enjoyed a headline-grabbing year in 2013. Debate about the potential, and the limitations, of massive open online courses reached a fevered pitch. Technology-enabled, competency-based degrees got a green light from the U.S. Department of Education. And data analytics proved to be an increasingly important reference point in campus operations.

The momentum shows little sign of abating in 2014. New tools are shaping everything from in-classroom instruction to White House policy making. The Chronicle asked five education-technology experts to think about the year ahead and identify major themes at the intersection of education technology and higher education.

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‘I would love to teach but…’

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'Education cannot be objectively measured...
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I love being an educator, but many educators I know are very jaded about the system and all the 'other junk' that gets in the way of them doing what they truly love.  This is an insightful critique of problems in the system today that make educators want to pull their hair out.  I'm not giving up, but that doesn't mean I think that the system is wonderful for students, teachers or parents.

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